Copenhagen was founded as a quaint fishing village during the 10th century, but today, just over two million people call this city in Denmark home. Despite its booming population, there are no sparkling skylines or smoggy mornings. In fact, this is one of the coziest places in the world to visit.
Fun Facts about Copenhagen
- Copenhagen has been nearly destroyed three times: twice by huge fires in the 18th century and by British bombs during the Napoleonic Wars.
- The city offers one of the highest standards of living anywhere in the world.
- It is home to the world’s oldest amusement park, Tivoli Gardens, which is the most popular attraction in all of Denmark.
- You can shop for some of the most renowned international brands on Strøget – all without paying any taxes!
- More than half of all of the people living in Copenhagen bicycle their way to work each day, so the city streets are dominated by bike lanes and special traffic lights.
- A self-governing “freetown” just outside of the Copenhagen City Centre called Christiania is a beautiful sight and home to just over 1000 people who welcome visitors, but you aren’t allowed to bring your camera. (Read this fun guide)
- The Rundetårn (round tower) is Europe’s oldest working observatory. It was built in 1642 and is still incredibly popular among those who enjoy stargazing.
Copenhagen’s Main Claim to Fame
Today, Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark and the center of much of the country’s activity. Despite this, it isn’t the city itself that remains so incredibly popular; rather, it is the city’s contribution to history. Hans Christian Andersen, the author of many popular novels, lived and died there. Even today, the “Little Mermaid” statue is one of the city’s icons. Aside from this, the city’s absolutely stunning canals draw many eager tourists. The most breathtaking thing about the city, though, is its small-town charm despite its large population. No matter where you’re from, Copenhagen always feels like home.
Accommodations, Restaurants, and Attractions
If you really want a treat, be sure to book a room at the AC Hotel Bella Sky. This architecture alone is stunning, and the view will take your breath away. For a more affordable stay, check out Annex Copenhagen, which is a four-minute walk from Copenhagen Central Station.
If you’re hungry, Copenhagen is home to several high-end and budget restaurants. Restaurant AOC holds two Michelin stars, and it’s an experience you don’t want to miss. Here, the goal is to provide the ultimate sensory experience through touch, taste, sound and smell in a seven-course or 10-course meal. For those on a budget, you can’t go wrong with the Madklubben restaurants (and there are nine of them throughout the city) which allow you to choose between one and four courses for a fixed price that won’t blow your entire budget.
As far as attractions are concerned, Copenhagen has something for everyone. If you’re a thrill seeker, then be sure to check out the Tivoli Amusement Park with its fast rides and roller coasters. If you enjoy history, Copenhagen is home to many museums, including the National Museum that exhibits items from the Stone Age, Middle Ages, Viking Age, and much, much more.
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